Top UCLA recruit Zach LeVine Discusses Ben Howland Firing

By Robert White
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Zach LeVine, UCLA’s top recruit from the class of 2013, spoke on the weekend about the school’s decision to fire basketball head coach Ben Howland.

Howland was dismissed as the UCLA basketball coach on Sunday after running the Bruins team for 10 years. UCLA was recently dismissed during the NCAA tournament’s round of 64 after completing a 25-10 season and winning the Pac-12 Conference regular-season title.

LeVine, the top ranked player from UCLA’s recruiting class of 2013 wasn’t overly excited about the news.

“I was really disappointed,” said LaVine in an interview with “I had a good relationship with him and his staff. They know my game and I was really looking forward to going in there and helping them. I wish them the best. It’s tough because I want to stay at UCLA; I really didn’t have a second choice in my recruitment. We’ll just have to see what happens. I’ll have to see who they hire.”

LeVine said he may consider Washington as an alternative option.

“As of right now probably Washington,” LaVine said when asked about other schools he may be considering. “I have a great relationship with Coach Romar and his staff.”

The decision to fire Howland disappointed LaVine’s family as well.

“They feel the same as me. They know I had a great relationship with the UCLA coaches. Coach Howland and the whole staff were great. Coach Garson is one of the nicest dudes I’ve met.”

LaVine is ESPN’s No. 50 ranked prospect from the class of 2013 and is a 6-foot-3, 165 pound point guard.


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